How to Layer Blush to Look Fresh and Glowy

Get a natural-looking glowy flush with these tips from celebrity makeup artist Nina Park.

Sera Gillow
Makeup Artist
Nina Park

If you apply your blush in just the right place with just the right texture, your complexion can go from flat to a post-workout, post-vacay vibrant glow immediately—even if you legit have not seen the gym or sun in months. To get blush that’s flattering and believable (aka not a big pink streak—though we’re into that, too), we got the step-by-step tips of celebrity makeup artist Nina Park, who works with the likes of Bella Hadid and Zoe Kravitz. Its all about layering beautiful finishes from cream to highlighter to powder.

To start, Park likes to dab a creamy blush on the apples of the cheeks, which gives your skin a “juicy” look, she says. We like Stila Convertible Color. Even though you can use your fingers, try a brush like Real Techniques Blush Brush to more carefully control where the blush goes and how much. Start at the apple of the cheek (the fullest point of your cheeks when you smile), and blend outward toward your temples. Use the little bit of color left on the brush across the bridges of the nose to make the flush look more natural.

Next, add a layer of a blush-colored highlighter like Nars Highlighting Blush to the tops of the cheekbones; this gives some dimension and natural shape to the color. Finally, top it off with a powder blush like Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush, which will help lock in the color and keep adding to that sense of dimension. Park’s trick is to take a fan brush like Sephora Collection Pro Fan Brush in #56 and stroke the color from the bottom of the apples of the cheeks upward. This lays the most color down right on the apples where you want the most concentrated flush.


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